Friday, June 30, 2006

Ullrich Out Of The Tour

As of 0934 this morning (France time), Jan Ullrich has been suspended from T-Mobile due to his alleged connection to the ongoing Spanish doping affair. Ullrich will not participate in the 2006 Tour de France!

Holy shit.

I guess it wasn't necessary for us to see his full grossness during the medical check after all:

Disgusting photo "courtesy" of AFP.

Also out is Ullrich's teammate Oscar Sevilla, leaving T-Mobile with just about ZERO legitimate general classification riders. Ouch.

But the fun is not over. Also among the riders listed as involved in the vast doping network are the following major stars: Francisco Mancebo of AG2R, both Jose Gutierrez's of Phonak, Jörg Jaksche and Joseba Beloki as well as Isidro Nozal and Michele Scarponi of Astana-Wurth. And the biggest name of them all: Ivan Basso of CSC. No word yet on Basso's status for the Tour.

And that's not nearly the full list of implicated riders. To say this is bigger than the 1998 Festina Affair would be an understatement...more to come, no doubt.